Wentworth Institute of Technology’s goal for this project was to build a contemporary and comfortable student apartment building with amenities that would attract students who have been living off campus. The desired program was for 72 apartments consisting of 305 beds. Each apartment has bedrooms for either four or five students, a full kitchen, a living room, FEATURED IN2015 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYCampus Master Planning bathrooms and laundry units. Additional building amenities include common meeting spaces on the ground floor, a mail and package room, and a bicycle-storage room that accomodates up to 100 bikes. Specific project challenges were the small, triangular site and the seven-story height restriction.
The new student apartments are seven stories in height. The building materials are brick, precast concrete, metal and glass. The building has projecting glass bays that provide natural light in the common areas of each apartment and punched opening windows for light and ventilation for the bedrooms.
The building relates in scale and function to the student residences at 555 Huntington across the street as well as many other neighboring buildings. The addition of this residence hall reinforces Wentworth’s campus organization, with housing on the northwest side of the campus and linked to the main campus by The Pike, the main pedestrian path.
There is a new plaza area in front of the building along Huntington Avenue with plantings, pedestrian seating, a sculpture to be designed by Wentworth students and a new Hubway station. The building was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.